At What Age Should Children Own A Smartphone? [MakeUseOf Poll]

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Last week we asked you which mobile OS you’re currently using. Aside from learning about the different OSs MakeUseOf readers use, we were also curious to find out which mobile OS is the most popular among our readers? Curious too? Keep reading!

Out of 593 voters, 1% use Samsung Bada, 2% use Blackberry OS, 6.5% use Windows Phone, 8% use Nokia Symbian, 24% use iOS, and the winner by a far margin is Android, with 53%. 4% use none of the above, and 1.5% don’t own a phone.

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

Expecting the results to be much closer, we were surprised by Android’s significant lead. While it’s only about 600 voters, it seems that Android is by far the more popular OS among our readers. If you’re an iOS user and think differently, perhaps you should have voted!

poll-results

This week’s poll question is: At What Age Should Children Own A Smartphone?

When I was a child, there were no cell phones. I got my first phone when I was 18, and many got one even later. Later on, children began to use cell phones earlier and earlier, and today we’re seeing the same trend with smartphones. For the purpose of this poll, let’s say a child is anyone 13 years old or younger. Do you think children should own a smartphone at this age or not? Are smartphones a good influence and can they benefit children, or should they be avoided until they’re older?

Be sure to explain in the comments why you chose the answer you did. Since it’s hard to think of every possible answer in a poll like this, let us know what you think.

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